At least 11 people lost their lives in a collision between minibus and Tipper near Itigatti in Dharwad of Karnataka.
The incident took place on Friday morning near Ittigatti cross on Hubballi-Dharwad bypass road.
Ten women passengers and a driver of the tempo died in the accident. Six injured have been shifted to KIMS hospital for medical relief. According to police, some of the injured are critical.
The deceased persons hailed from Davangere and they were heading to Goa for a family function when the unfortunate incident took place.
The 32-km stretch of Hubballi-Dharwad bypass is a single lane on the NH stretching between Pune and Bengaluru.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed grief at the loss of lives in a road accident in Karnataka's Dharwad district.
Posting a condolence message from the prime minister, the PMO tweeted, "Saddened by the loss of lives due to a road accident in Karnataka's Dharwad district. In this sad hour, my thoughts are with the bereaved families. I pray for a quick recovery of those injured: PM @narendramodi."